Busting Thanksgiving Myths, Reservation Dog Composer and PFAS Update on NMiF: UNM Newsroom

This week on New Mexico in Focus, November is a month dedicated to the contributions of Native Americans. However, stereotypes, myths and misunderstanding of tribes are still part of public perception. Correspondent Antonia Gonzales talks with some members of the Indigenous community about how we can all celebrate Indigenous people without promoting stereotypes or appropriating their culture.

Plus, it was one of the standout shows of 2021. Reservation dogs provides a unique, sometimes comical and sometimes poignant insight into the lives of a group of Native American teenagers. Correspondent Laura Paskus explores what makes the show so unique, including the musical score. She talks to composer Mato Wayahi about her involvement and her process.

Paskus also speaks with New Mexico Department of Environment Secretary James Kenney about some exciting new developments regarding PFAS chemicals. This is a family of toxic substances that have been linked to the use of fire-fighting foams at a handful of military installations, including Cannon and Holloman Air Force Bases. The EPA recently declared four of these chemicals hazardous waste, at the request of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham. Second. Kenney talks about how this development may have impacts far beyond New Mexico.

And, this Thanksgiving weekend, we offer our appreciation to one of Albuquerque’s living treasures, the Bosque. This Emmy-nominated Our Land piece is a visual celebration of one of the most unique and diverse public spaces in the country.

New Mexico in Focus airs on NMPBS 5.1 (KNME HD) Friday, November 26 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, November 28 at 7 a.m., and streams on the PBS video app.

NMiF segment(s)

Recognize Indigenous Contributions

Antonia Gonzales

Josh Arce, Native American Partnership
Dorie Panganiban, Mission La Vida

PFAS developments could have big impacts in New Mexico

Laura Paskus

James Kenney, Secretary of the New Mexico Department of Environment

“Reservation Dogs” Music Composer Mato Wayahi

Laura Paskus

Mato Wayahi, composer, “Reservation Dogs”

The line’s opinion committee

Gene Grant

New Mexico in Focus is New Mexico’s PBS prime-time newsmagazine covering the events, issues, and people that shape life in New Mexico and the Southwest. NMiF takes a multi-layered look at social, political, economic, health, education and art issues, and explores them in depth with a critical eye to give them context beyond “news of the moment” .

The producer of New Mexico in Focus is Matt Grubs, with Kathy Wimmer, associate producer. The executive producer of NM PBS Public Affairs is Kevin McDonald.

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